Six years ago, the TaxPayers’ Alliance reported that “in the last year, five times more Labour people were appointed to public bodies than Tories”.

Since then, the figures have varied, and some Conservative members or supporters have been selected to fill important posts. 

Nonetheless, it remains the case that, since it took office in 2010, our Party has punched beneath its weight when it comes to public appointments. One of the reasons seems to be that Tories simply don’t apply in the same number as Labour supporters.

To help remedy this, every week we put up links to some of the main public appointments vacancies, so that qualified Conservatives might be aware of the opportunities presented.

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Social Work England – Non-Executive Board Members

“The Department for Education and the Department of Health & Social Care are looking to appoint two additional, high quality, non-executive members to the Board of Social Work England. Do you have expertise and ability in data technology or audit and risk? If so, we’d like to hear from you. In addition to having specific skills in one of these areas, you will have a commitment to equality, inclusion and user engagement; the ability to set strategic direction and work collaboratively as part of a team; and previous experience as a non-executive director. You will be required to think strategically and have the ability to positively and constructively influence decisions at senior Board level. You will also be expected to establish consultative relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including other regulators, professional associations, training providers and employees, as well the social work profession and users of its services.”

Time: <15 days per annum.

Remuneration: £350 per diem plus expenses

Closes: 12 October

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Office for Nuclear Regulation – Chair

“The Chair of the ONR Board must be able to demonstrate excellent communication and strong and effective leadership qualities. The Chair will shape and support the delivery of strategic objectives. The successful candidate will be accountable to the Secretary of State and have responsibility for ensuring that ONR delivers efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry in line with its statutory purposes. The Chair is also responsible for ensuring that ONR’s policies and actions support the responsible minister’s and the Government’s wider strategic policies and that the ONR Board’s affairs are conducted with probity. Essential criteria: knowledge, understanding and experience of a highly regulated industry (high hazard and/or major infrastructure) with large-scale investment and long-term deliverables; strong and effective leadership skills with the ability to shape and support the organisation during a period of significant change…”

Time: Eight days per month.

Remuneration: £52,800 per annum.

Closes: 14 October

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Big Lottery Fund England – Committee Chair

“The Big Lottery Fund is established as a non-departmental public body by an Act of Parliament. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is our sponsor department within government and sets policy directions for our funding in England and across the UK. The Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Fund, as set out in its Strategic Framework, People in the Lead.  It operate across all four countries of the UK, with the Board delegating oversight for funding in each country to a committee. A fifth funding committee has oversight of its UK funding. Chairs of the country portfolio committees ensure that funding strategy supports the delivery of the Fund’s Strategic Framework and each portfolio reports annually to the Board on its performance.”

Time: ~10 days per annum.

Remuneration: £24,000 per annum plus reasonable expenses.

Closes: 15 October

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Cabinet Office – Crown Representative for Small and Medium Enterprises

“The Small Business Crown Representative’s task will be to help government get best value from small businesses, measured through the government’s target that one third of spend on goods and services should go to small businesses directly and indirectly by 2022. The Crown Representative will work with the Crown Commercial Service, Small Business Panel, departments and other Crown Representatives to identify opportunities to drive up direct and indirect spend with small businesses. He or she will also act as an advocate promoting the agenda internally and externally. This role requires an individual with significant leadership experience in one or more small businesses and an excellent grasp of commercial issues including procurement good practice.”

Time: Two days per annum.

Remuneration: £500 per diem.

Closes: 19 October

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BPDTS Ltd – Chair

“BPDTS Ltd (BPDTS) supplies DWP with specialist digital services. BPDTS works with experts in DWP and its partners to build and run, in innovative and cost effective ways, secure and reliable digital technology that is used by millions of people each and every day at key points in their lives, as they look for work, deal with illness or disability, support children after separation, or plan for retirement. The company employs more than 500 staff, co-located with experts from DWP in six main hub locations geographically dispersed across England. BPDTS experts include: technical architects, infrastructure engineers, software and testing engineers, agile delivery managers, business analysts, database analysts and IT service managers. BPDTS was set up in 2016. This year it appointed a dedicated Chief Executive in January 2018 and, more recently, a Non-Executive Director (NED). It now wishes to appoint a Non-Executive Chair to lead the Board.”

Time: 20 days per annum.

Remuneration: £10,000 per annum.

Closes: 19 October

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Darwin Expert Committee – Chair

“The aim of Darwin Plus is to help deliver long-term strategic outcomes for the natural environment in the UK’s Overseas Territories (UK OTs). Biodiversity in the OTs is globally significant. The UK OTs boast some of the world’s most delicate and complex ecosystems and habitats. The UK Government is working to improve our understanding of the full value of these unique environments, and through the Blue Belt programme 4 million km2 of ocean around the OTs will be protected, further conserving vital habitats and species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. It is estimated that the OTs contain an estimated 90% of the biodiversity found within the UK and the Territories combined. With their vast marine areas, the OTs offer an opportunity to lead the world in marine protection.”

Time: Two terms, three years each.

Remuneration: “Yes.”

Closes: 22 October

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HS2 Ltd – Non-Executive Directors

“As Non-Executive Director, you will champion the HS2 vision and objectives, challenging Board decisions where appropriate to maintain the aspired strategic direction and culture of the organisation whilst holding the leadership team to account for effective and efficient delivery against the agreed strategy and business plan. This will include offering alternative perspectives to the sector norm, with the ability to consider strategic, complex and often sensitive issues from an informed and balanced perspective. You will need recent and relevant Executive Board or Non-Executive Director experience with the tenacity and interpersonal skills to operate in a high profile organisation tasked with delivering against demanding objectives.”

Time: Two days per month.

Remuneration: £950 per diem.

Closes: 01 November

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Met Office – Non-Executive Directors

“The Met Office employs around 1900 people in sites across the UK and overseas. It operates as a Trading Fund, meaning that, whilst it is sponsored by HM Government, it self-funds through the services it provides to its diverse client base. The Met Office steering Board has a vital role in advising and supporting the Chief Executive and the Executive Team to deliver the organisation’s strategic priorities and ensuring that resources are allocated effectively for their delivery. The Board reviews the management and performance of the Met Office and ensures high standards of corporate governance are maintained… As a Non-Executive Director (NED) on the Met Office Board, you will have an important and demanding role and will provide a valuable external perspective to the organisation. This includes providing influence and access to networks which the organisation would otherwise not have.”

Time: 27 days per annum.

Remuneration: £15,000 per annum.

Closes: 05 November